Ticket Tricks – Avoiding Handling Fees

The Music Center Handling Fees

“Look Ma, no fees!” (Pointe shoes not required for pick up.)

For today’s Ticket Tricks post we want to talk about handling fees.  Handling fees are an extra charge that comes with all ticket purchases when you purchase them online or over the phone.  It’s a necessary charge, but one that can kind of put a damper on your day, as it’s usually unexpected for first time ticket buyers.  Even if you know it’s coming, handling fees can still be a bummer and sometimes may effect your final decision on whether to see a show or not.

If you find yourself in this very predicament then read on, cause there is a way to avoid the handling fees for every dance show at The Music Center that you may not realize!

Basically, if you come up to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office windows during their hours (which are Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)  and purchase your tickets right there in person, the handling fee is eliminated!  Simple as that!  What’s more, you can park at The Music Center for FREE for up to 30 minutes – plenty of time to pop up to the plaza and place your order.

Try it out with our upcoming performance of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (and we think you may like it!)

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Hope you found this Ticket Trick helpful!  Leave a comment and let us know if you want to see more Ticket Trick posts!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

Jam packed week of activity here at The Music Center! What will you come out for?


On Saturday Grand Park Downtown Bookfest featuring Artizen Lab runs from 12-5pm. Enjoy this opportunity to engage with your fellow LA bookworms, and shop from local authors and publishers.  Plus, experience Artizen Lab’s top ideas brought to life!   While you’re here, head over to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office to get your Alvin Ailey tickets in person and avoid the handling fees. (Score!)

LA Opera presents two opportunities this week to see The Marriage of Figaro. Mozart’s classic is the conclusion of the Figaro Trilogy. There’s a show tonight as well as one on Sunday!

LA Phil presents Gil Shaham Plays Bach, a marriage of Bach Six Solos with original video production by David Michalek. Added bonus: Gil Shaham will be signing CDs at the lobby entrance to the LA Phil Store.

On Tuesday The Spotlight Grand Finale Performance, hosted by Jenna Elfman, will award Southern California High School students with cash scholarships, master classes, academies and more. Support LA’s next generation of artists in the categories of acting, ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental music, and jazz instrumental music. Tickets are $10!

REDCAT presents a run of four performances of Zoe | Juniper: BeginAgain, which features compelling visuals and supple choreography as just the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy this beautiful teaser. Then on Monday, catch Transforming Spaces: New Films from L.A. Filmmakers, a collection of 9 short experimental works.

In case you didn’t know already, The Library of Congress exhibition American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years opened on March 13th. Don’t miss this new installation in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery. It’s free and runs through September 15th. Supplement your visit with more in depth info here.

See you at the Center!

Almost time for Ailey


AAADT in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Photo by James R. Brantley

We’ve been talking about it for months (and can you blame us?) One of America’s most beloved dance companies is returning to LA this April and we can hardly wait!  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will take our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage April 15-19th and, whether you’ve seen them a dozen times or never before, this is one Ailey engagement you won’t want to miss… In fact you may want to come to a few shows because there are 3 completely different programs among the six performances!

How do you know which show to see?  Well, we’ve created this handy dandy quiz to help you figure out which program best fits your personality and likes, but here’s a more general breakdown of how the shows are divided up and why each program totally rocks….


Power of Ailey – April 15th @7:30pm & 18th @7:30pm

This program is the only one of the 3 that does not include Alvin Ailey’s beloved work Revelations.  So if that’s a must see for you, then consider one of the other performances.  Power of Ailey packs a powerful punch of new and exciting works from Ulysses Dove, David Parsons, Hofesh Shechter and Ohad Naharin.  Each piece is brimming with athleticism, strength and innovative choreography that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Dove’s Episodes dramatically exposes the eternal dilemma’s between men and women through explosive choreography. And Parsons’ signature solo Caught is a breathtaking fusion of art and technology, with the dancer executing a continual series of over 100 leaps synchronized to the flashes of a strobe light, creating a stunning suspension of weight.  Schechter’s Uprising uses an all male cast and is set to some of the choreographer’s own music.  While Naharin’s Minus 16 has been creating a buzz in the dance world for sometime now and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to asap!  Get ready to be amazed!

AAADT'S Hope Boykin in Matthew Rushing's ODETTA  Photo by Steve Wilson

AAADT’S Hope Boykin in Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA Photo by Steve Wilson

Soul of Ailey – April 16th @7:30 & 19th @2pm

If you’re literally looking for something a bit more soulful, this is the program for you.  Soul features the west coast premiere of Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA – a ballet based on the life of the activist singer Odetta Holmes – as well as classic works from Ulysses Dove and Alvin Ailey himself.  The program has some of THE BEST music of the engagement, and promises to be a truly moving production.

Matthew Rushing is actually an LA native – having attended LACHSA and performed as a finalist in our own Spotlight Awards – so we are especially proud to host the west coast premiere of his ODETTA.  Dove’s Bad Blood depicts a desperate and futile search for connection through physical impact, and was actually a precursor to Episodes.  And Alvin Ailey’s signature work, Revelations, closes out this program.  If you’ve never seen it, now is the time.  It is one of the most moving works ever to grace the stage!

AAADT in Aszure Barton's LIFT.  Photo by Paul Kolnik

AAADT in Aszure Barton’s LIFT. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Joy of Ailey – April 17th @7:30 & 18th @2pm

And finally, our Joy of Ailey program brings together a beautiful mix of moving, and high energy pieces guaranteed to put a smile on your face! With in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton’s Lift getting things started, this program takes an energetic bend.  Barton’s work has been described by Dance Magazine as “vulnerable and feisty, brightly adept yet peculiar, witty and impetuously wild.”  Who doesn’t want some of that?

And Hans van Manen’s Polish Pieces continues the mood by creating a brilliant kaleidoscope of energy through the shapes and movement of 12 colorfully clad dancers.  Then Christopher Wheeldon’s masterpiece After The Rain adds a touch of elegant calmness to the fold, before the show closes again with Ailey’s Revelations.  If you want to leave the theater in the best mood ever, opt for the Joy of Ailey program.  It’s a dead lock!

Hope to see you at one, two, or all three of our Ailey programs!  Tickets have been going fast so be sure to snag your seats asap!

CDA Salon with Paloma Herrera

At the start of this month, our Center Dance Arts members were treated to another salon with one of ballet’s greatest artists – American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Paloma Herrera.

In a conversation with acclaimed author and dance historian Elizabeth Kaye, Herrera shared insights into her artistic process throughout her stunning career – from the time she first started taking class as a young girl in Argentina to now, just months away from her retirement.  It was an inspiring discussion in which members also got the scoop on Herrera’s favorite roles, partners, and plans for the future.

Here’s a brief look at the events of the evening…

Learn more about Center Dance Arts and how you can join by visiting our website.

And don’t fret because you can still see this beautiful ballerina perform at our upcoming show – Ballet Now!  

Feeling Lucky?

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With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching you’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?”

Well if you do, head over to our Twitter feed and enter to win tickets to ALL the remaining dance engagements of our 2014/15 season!

Just click here!

And when we say ALL, we mean…

Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza

Available Light

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg – RODIN


Good Luck!